2. New Orleans Saints
The Saints have played the salary cap game long enough, and it’s finally backfiring, this time in the form of head coach Sean Payton wiping his hands clean of the situation. The reality is that New Orleans is going to have to cut bait with some of their top players in order to simply exist for the 2022 league year.
They’ll get some relief with left tackle Terron Armstead hitting the open market and they won’t be able to afford to bring him back since he’s emerged as one of the best in the league at his position.
That’s where Wynn and his $9.7 million come in. The Saints can try it out for a year, build the roster elsewhere via the draft and whatever funds they can recoup, and go from there. New Orleans and New England have done business before, most notably the trade that sent Brandin Cooks to the Patriots years ago.
The Saints are a laughable $76 million OVER the cap, but they are going to need a capable left tackle if they want to compete at all in 2022. Maybe they bring in Wynn, sign him to an extension, reduce his cap hit for the coming season, and go from there? They have no viable or impressive next-in-line LT on the roster.
While they may need all the draft picks they can get given their financial situation, maybe they can include a player to shed salary? Say, Michael Thomas is involved here and the Patriots re-work his deal to limit the 2022 cap hit?
Seems like we’re grasping for straws, but the possibilities here are truly endless.